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How to Get Best Care as Outpatient

How to Get Best Care as Outpatient

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Published by: Ignatius Bau on Dec 12, 2012
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 How to Get Best Care – As an Outpatient (when
not
in the hospital)
 
by Carolyn Oliver, M.D., J.D.
Helpful advice from both her first book,“Cautious Care: A Guide for Patients,”and also from her new book which will be published in 2012,“Balancing the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Getting What You Need”
 
 
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Outpatient Best-Care Checklist
This is a list of all of the topics in this chapter. You don’t need to read this list now. I just want youto have it in the future so you can run down the list and make sure that you still remember everything.
Outpatient Best-Care Checklist
 
 __ First obstacle to get past in the doctor’s office __ Have more than one illness to discuss? __ Worsening or changing symptoms after you’ve seen the doctor __ Beware of the “it’s-all-in-your-head” diagnosis __ Test results: no news is
not 
good news __ The problem with after-hours phone calls to your out-of-the –office doctor __ Phone calls to the doctor when he is in the office (“reassuringtelephone calls”) __ Breast lump evaluation: the triple assessment protocol __ Asthma treatment __ Procedures and operations: think before scheduling __ Stuck with a certain doctor or clinic? __ Preventing illness __ When you have some questions for your doctor: advice on
 participating
in your office visit __ Odds and end: advice that’s not from a doctor; vaccine records

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